Sand mafia busy despite monsoon
Punjab

Sand mafia busy despite monsoon


The ongoing monsoon has reportedly failed to deter illegal excavators of sand and gravel in Mohali district. Nearly 10 cases of illegal mining have been registered in the district.

Baldev Singh Sandhu, Mohali Executive Engineer-cum-District Mining Officer, said reports of illegal mining had been received from some areas.'A case in this regard has been registered at the Kurali police station against some illegal miners a couple of days ago, ' he said.

Besides, two such cases were registered at the Mullanpur police station and one at the Kharar police station. 'In a span of two months, nearly 10 cases have been registered in different police stations, .' said Mr. Sandhu.

According to a senior official, the mining work, legal or illegal, usually comes to a halt during the monsoon but 'it is really surprising if such activity (illegal mining) is still going on here.'

Kuldip Singh, a resident of the Kurali area, said there was a dip in illegal mining incidents in the past couple of months, but it had not stopped. ‘Tractor-trailers or tippers, loaded with sand, can be seen plying on internal roads of the area during night though there is dip in such incidents now due to rain,' said Kuldip Singh.

The Mohali Deputy Commissioner, Gurpreet Kaur Sapra said, “Whenever the administration gets information about any illegal excavation in any part of the district, the staff concerned swing into action. The cases registered in the past two months are the outcome of alertness on the part of our staff
tr the illegal mining activities.”